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In 2011, Planet Granite has awarded the following grants.
In August 2011, Dave and his team will attempt to summit two unclimbed spires in the Genyen Massif. Dave's trip is notable not just for his amazing alpine pursuits, but for his humanitarian efforts as well. Check out his expedition video - we think you'll be just as impressed as we are.
Immediately following his summit attempts, Dave and his team will be spending two weeks in the nearby town Litang with Rinchen Chuta, a young man who runs a small language school that teaches kids Tibetan, Mandarin and English. These three languages are important because they will enable the young people to maintain a connection with their heritage, attend higher education in China and lastly allow them to connect more with the Western world and work within the burgeoning travel industry of Western Sichuan. In addition, Rinchen plans to create a permanent education center for his students and traveling teachers.
Rinchen's dream, however, comes with a price. Already the groundwork has been laid - the land for the new school has been purchased, but nearly $40,000 needs to be raised to cover the costs of building materials, laborers and permits. Dave plans to spend two weeks documenting Rinchen’s project through still images and video for a documentary. It is Dave's hope to help bring awareness to Rinchen's project and raise the necessary funding to build Rinchen's dream: the Litang Social English Training Program.
To read more about Dave's trip, please visit his website.
To donate to the Litang Social English Training Program, please click HERE.